107 Aberdeen Squadron Air Cadets
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Squadron Achievements

2007 Trophies won

Cross Country Overall Trophy Winners – Overall Competition

Cross County ‘Boys’ Trophy Winners – Boys Class, Cross Country

Cross Country ‘Snr Girls’ Trophy Winners – Snr Girls Class, Cross Country

Norrie Trophy Winners – Athletics Overall

Athletics Class C Shield Winners – Class C Boys, Athletics

Athletics Class D Shield Winners – Class D Girls, Athletics

Athletics Class E Shield Winners – Class E Girls, Athletics

Sir Ian MacRobert ‘VL’ Trophy Ind Winner – Class A (Cdt Whitehead, Joint winner)

Alasdair MacRobert ‘VL’ Trophy Ind Winner – Class C (Cpl Ross Taylor)

Wg Cdr Burness ‘VL’ Trophy Ind Winner – Class D (Cdt Rachel Rayne)

Poisk Overall Trophy Joint Winners – Overall, 1st Scottish Poisk

Scottish Poisk 2007

On the 4th June 2005 one of Aberdeen Wing’s Civilian Instructors, (and an ex cadet) Di Gilbert, stood on top of the world. Di returned from Everest with one of her Russian Poisk oxygen cylinders and presented it to Aberdeen Wing for the creation of a trophy; the only criteria being it had to be for adventure training and it had to represent the same spirit of adventure that saw Di standing on the summit of Mount Everest. And so the idea of The Scottish Poisk was born.

On the weekend of 22nd-24th June 2007 cadets from throughout the Aberdeen & North East Scotland Wing rose to the challenge set before them by Di herself and many of the local volunteer staff. The Scottish Poisk, a 2 day endurance event would see 12 teams biking, walking, running, abseiling and navigating their way across 120km of challenging terrain through the Eastern Cairngorms.  Until Friday night, in the true spirit of endurance events, none of the competitors knew where they would be racing!  On the Friday night Di addressed the cadets and made it clear that they were in for a challenging event "Make sure you get plenty of sleep in preparation for tomorrow, you are going to need it!”

The female category was won by The Bumble Bees from 107 (Aberdeen) squadron who put up a feisty challenge and were quicker than many of the male teams. The mixed category was won by The Mighty 36 from 2368 (Aberdeen Airport) squadron but it was in the male category where the competition was really close, in fact no-one could have predicted just how close the times would have been.  The 3rd place team Bring Home the Bacon from 877 (Inverurie) squadron completed day one in just over 8 and a half hours, but the competition for first place was even more impressive, in fact 2 teams completed the day with exactly the same time of 7 hrs 33mins, something event organiser Sqn Ldr Joan Gilbert-Stevens couldn’t have imagined happening "we thought the weather might have slowed them down a bit but in fact the two winning teams completed the event in the estimated fastest possible time set down before the event”.  The winning teams were The Wasps from 107 (Aberdeen) Squadron and Artificial Endurance from 102 (Dyce) Squadron.  Both teams were jointly presented with the Scottish Poisk Trophy and will have the honour of being the first ever teams to win the award

For full details and picture see the Scottish Poisk page.

Lady MacRobert Memorial Trophy

The Lady MacRobert Memorial Trophy is contested by all squadrons in the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Wing who are judged on many criteria such as efficiency and achivements each year.  For the fourth year in a row this has been won by 107 (Aberdeen) Squadron with the runners up being 2367 (Banchory) Squadron.

Macrobert Trophy Presentation to 107 (Aberdeen) Squadron in 2007
Gp Capt Roberts presenting the trophy to Flt Lt Lumsden
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The trophy was presented in early June by Group Captain Roberts, Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth to the Staff and Cadets of 107 (Aberdeen) Squadron.  During his presentation speech Group Captain Roberts said the competition was very close this year and laid down a challenge to other squadrons to take the trophy from us next year.

That will just make 107 (Aberdeen) Squadron all the more determined to hold on to it next year!